Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Eagle County Public Health and Environment is a Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing Eagle County Public Health and Environment for preventing injury in Colorado by working to implement effective evidence-based programs for older adult fall prevention through their Well and Wise program.

Well and Wise is a falls prevention and chronic disease self-management (CDSMP) program for adults 55 and over in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin Counties. With support from the Colorado Health Foundation, Eagle County Public Health and the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness (COAW) the program has been able to train local advocates in the evidence-based classes of Matter of Balance, N’ Balance, Tai Chi for Health, and Healthier Living Colorado (CDSMP). The goal of this program is to improve health outcomes for seniors in the three county region by improving balance and decreasing fall-related injuries through falls prevention classes and educating them on how best to manage their chronic conditions, which leads to the ultimate goal of helping our older adults independently age in place for as long as they wish to do so.

For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to Colorado.gov.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Thank you and congratulations to Eagle County Public Health and Environment!

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